What Treatment Options Are Available for Knee Pain?

What Treatment Options Are Available for Knee Pain?

Knee pain is common and it affects all people, but mostly adults. Several factors can cause knee pain from degenerative diseases to injuries. Regardless of the pain though, finding the correct treatment is imperative in restoring your knee function.

What Are the Causes?

As aforementioned, knee pain has various causes such as:

  • Injuries that affect the ligaments and tendons. Some of the common injuries include ACL, fractures, knee bursitis, torn meniscus, and patellar tendinitis.
  • Broken bone or cartilage
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Hip and foot pain
  • Osteoarthritis also called degenerative arthritis results from the wear and tear of the cartilage. It causes pain inside as well as the back of the knee
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that symmetrically affects any joint in the body including the knees. RA is a chronic disease, but its symptoms come and go.
  • Septic arthritis occurs as a result of an infected knee joint. Septic arthritis causes severe damage to the knees. It is, therefore, important to visit a doctor or chiropractor near you when you notice any of the following symptoms swelling, redness, and pain on the knee.

What are the Symptoms?

Knee pain is also accompanied by other symptoms such as:

  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Weakness and instability
  • Pain inside the knee
  • Back knee pain
  • Inability to straighten the knee

You should contact Dr. Roach Chiropractic if you have severe pain, difficulty walking, and have a fever.

Forms of Treatment Available

At Hawk Ridge Family Chiropractic, we offer various treatment options. On your first appointment, we will assess your knee condition and recommend the correct treatment. If we discover you require urgent treatment, we will refer you for specialized treatment.

We can treat most causes of knee pain, but for arthritis, we can only help you manage it and prevent further deterioration.

The treatment options vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain and they include:

Medication

Dr. Roach Chiropractic may prescribe medication to help reduce pain and discomfort. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs are used to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Therapy

Physical therapy can help stabilize the knee. Seeing a physiotherapist is recommended as they will recommend several strengthening exercises tailored to your needs.

Wearing knee braces can also go a long way in stabilizing the knee and reducing pain.

RICE

RICE or Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation is an ideal treatment for knee injuries. Resting for a few days is vital when an injury occurs. Take a break from your normal activities for a day or two to allow the knee to heal and prevent further damage.

Ice therapy reduces inflammation and pain. A bag of frozen peas and ice packs are effective but don’t apply them for more than 20 minutes at a time to prevent nerve damage.

Compression helps to prevent fluid buildup and maintain knee stability and alignment. When applying compression bandage, make sure it’s breathable and lightweight.

Elevation of the knee helps to swell, so prop up the leg with pillows or use a wedge pillow.

Heat

Heat is effective for relieving pain, but should not be used on a new injury. Apply gentle warmth to reduce the risk of burning or bruising your skin. Also, don’t use heat for more than 20 minutes.

Injections

In some situations, the chiropractor may recommend injections such as corticosteroids to relieve arthritic pain. Hyaluronic acid can also be used to lubricate your knees to ease pain and improve mobility.

Acupuncture

According to several studies, acupuncture may help alleviate knee pain. The treatment uses hair-thin needles in specific places. Before you try acupuncture, it is crucial to speak to our chiropractor in St. Louis, MO to know if the treatment is suitable for you.

Surgery

Surgery is used in severe knee cases. After the assessment, our chiropractor will refer you to a doctor for further assessment and diagnosis. Some of the surgical procedures that can be done include partial and total knee replacement.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have severe knee pain, contact our chiropractor in St. Louis, MO for an assessment and treatment.

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